V&A to star in Secrets Of The Museum

Secrets Of The Museum series for BBC Arts.

“BBC Arts offers audiences a way to experience the very best in arts and culture, from emerging artists right through to some of our most loved and established institutions, so we are very happy to bring Secrets Of The Museum to BBC Two. With unique access to its talented people and the intriguing objects that they care for, this fantastic series will uncover the hidden world of one of our most iconic museums, the V&A.” – Lamia Dabboussy, Acting Director of Arts, BBC

In this latest Beeb arts series Secrets of the Museum viewers will be invited into a hidden world: behind the scenes at the world famous museum of art, design and performance, the V&A.

The V&A sees footfall of four million per year, the Beeb note, and is home to over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human ingenuity, from fashion to photography, sculpture to ceramics, architecture to theatre and performance. 

“This series promises to be an absolute treat. With access to some of the world’s best restorers and the beguiling collection of the V&A, this series takes the audience behind the scenes of the museum in a unique BBC Two way.” – Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two

Across six episodes the V&A’s specialist teams will reveal the tricks of their trade as they manage (conserving, cleaning, loaning, acquiring and displaying) these objects. From Grayson Perry’s Brexit vases, haute couture gowns and Charles Dickens’ original manuscripts, to Kylie Minogue’s travelling wardrobe and the handlebars from Bradley Wiggins’ record-breaking bike, the staff of the V&A handle it all.

Given the fragility and rarity of many of the objects, their conservation often presents challenges that the V&A dedicated team must overcome. As we see them go about their work, the hidden history of each object will be uncovered, from how it was made and why it matters, to the important job of the museum to keep these stories alive for future generations.

“The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with one of the most inspiring and varied collections in the world that spans 5,000 years of human ingenuity. It is a profound privilege to care for and bring to life the stories of these objects for the nation, and we are delighted to share our work and expertise through this exciting new series. Our aim at the V&A is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation and enrich everyone’s imagination. We hope this series will inspire a new generation of designers and makers, museum-goers and day-trippers to fall in love with the V&A and its remarkable collection.” – Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A

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